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August 10th, 2017

Community Corn Roast Aug. 13

SOLON– Mark your calendar to join Iowa Grown Market (1613 Newport Rd. NE) for its second annual Community Corn Roast.
The gathering will feature live music, fresh-roasted corn and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite beverage. Local band Notes from the Underground will perform and cover classics from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
Also check out The Magic Barn, a one-of-a-kind recording studio and music space that houses equipment used by the big names and local legends.

Canning at South Slope Aug. 16

NORTH LIBERTY– Learn to preserve produce at a free canning class Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 6-8 p.m. with the North Liberty Community Pantry’s Growing Together Garden. Community members are invited to learn the basics of canning pickles, tomato sauce and fruit preserves.
Kirkwood instructor Chef Jeffery Sills will lead the class, demonstrating skills and safety instructions while participants make the recipes.

Stargaze at Palisades-Dows Aug. 11

ELY– Join the Cedar Amateurs Astronomers for a night of stargazing at the Palisades-Dows Observatory in Palisades-Kepler State Park on Friday, Aug. 11, from 7-10:30 p.m.
Participants will meet at the North Liberty Recreation Center and be transported to and from the observatory in city vans. (Participants who wish to stay past 10:15 p.m. can drive their own vehicles.)
The night includes a walking tour of the observatory, 30-minute lecture on sky orientation with Stellarium and viewing the night sky from numerous on-site telescopes Register for $3 per person by Aug. 8.

North Liberty to pick its first full-time fire chief

Then there were five

NORTH LIBERTY– In 2016, the City of North Liberty commissioned a study of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) and its operations after a goal-setting session by the city council looked at the possibility of sharing services or working more closely with surrounding fire departments in an effort to improve efficiency. Retired West Des Moines Fire Chief Donald Cox, a consultant in emergency services, was hired to conduct the study. He presented his findings to the council at its March 14 meeting. Top among several recommendations was the hiring of a full-time fire chief.

Solon volleyball preview

Coach Ferin hopes to improve team record

SOLON– Even after a lifetime devoted to the sport, it’s taken a year for Sarah Ferin to get her bearings as head coach of the Solon varsity volleyball team.
“I think last year with just coming in and having a large amount of seniors and playing people in different spots, it took the entire season for people to start trusting me,” she shared. “Now it’s night and day from last year already. The girls are having fun.”

Solon Parks And Recreation

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION

Solon celebrities and calves strut their stuff at county fair

IOWA CITY - Solon 4-H clubs were well represented in the third annual Celebrity Bucket Bottle Calf Costume event held Wednesday, July 26, at the Johnson County 4-H and FFA Fair. This is the third year of the event, a fundraiser for causes selected by the countywide 4-H Youth Council. Club teams recruit a local celebrity to walk with a “borrowed” calf in the show ring as the audience votes for their favorites with donations.

Preferred parking for Spartan football

SOLON– Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Solon Community School District will be selling preferred parking spaces for Friday night and postseason football games. There are 43 spots in the Spartan Stadium lot and 12 of those spaces will be reserved for handicapped parking that will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at each home football game for cars with the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven will be reserved for game day administration, with the other 24 made available to the community for purchase.

Ely News by Lenna See

Shirley Worley celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday, July 16, with a dinner at the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana. Those attending were Roy, Jennie, Dalton, and Paige Rambo and Hazel Rambo, all of Vinton, and Jim Strickell, of Anamosa.
The Ely Town and Country club met on Monday evening, July 17, for supper at Gwen’s Restaurant in Lisbon There were 25 members present. It was the annual Christmas in July Auction fundraiser. Acting auctioneer was Robert Zvacek, assisted by Ernie Rigel. Hosts for the evening were Ernie and Carol Rigel.

Longtime attorney to consult with city, maintain private practice

Martinek retires (sort of) from city attorney post

SOLON– Jim Martinek saw his fair share of city council meetings and courtrooms.
He’s ready to let that part go.
Martinek, Solon’s city attorney on-and-off since 1979, is pulling back from some of his obligations as both a public and private lawyer, although it’s not quite retirement.
Maybe semi-retirement.
“After 30-plus years, it’s been a pleasure to remain with the city in a reduced capacity as assistant city attorney, and turn the reins of the legal department over to the new city attorney Kevin Olson,” Martinek said.
Olson started a contract with the city beginning July 1.